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Start-ups Cash in on New Marijuana Trend: Pot For Pets

Suzanne Kisting’s burly 10-year-old, 120-pound St. Bernard, Moose, hobbled down the 40 stairs of her former Inner Sunset District apartment every morning, crippled by pain from severe arthritis.

Kisting tried everything she could to ease it, buying expensive prescriptions drugs and taking him for acupuncture treatments.

But none of it worked the way she hoped.

“There were times when I considered having to put him down,” Kisting said. “But cognitively he is still with it and happy. So I just kept trying different things.”

Then she caught word of a possible new treatment: medical pot.

It’s a controversial approach to treating pain in animals that has drawn criticism from everyone from the ASPCA to the Food and Drug Administration to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

But as efforts increase to make marijuana legal in California, and weed products enter the mainstream, businesses have started producing cannabis oils and tinctures for dogs and cats, sometimes operating in murky territory with minimal scientific backing. Their products are illegal under federal law. In California, medicinal marijuana is legal, but the dosing of pets still lands in a gray area. [Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle]

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